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Connecting Artists and Audiences for over 25 years

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About CAP

CAP is making a difference in the lives of local artists and their audiences.  

For over 20 years, CAP has been supporting the artists of all mediums in Tompkins County, NY.

CAP is unique in its mission and scope:

We Provide Funding. 

Securing, administering, and distributing grant funding to artists and arts organizations is at the heart of our work, and we do much more.

We Connect Artists & Audiences.

An annual artist markets, the Spring Writes Literary Festival, The CAP ArtSpace Gallery and the Greater Ithaca Art Trail are all CAP programs. The Art Trail entices visitors from around the state to visit Tompkins County, and was recently named one of the top places to see art outside of New York City by the Huffington Post.

We Provide Professional Development.

There are over 1000 artists that benefit from CAP and that number continues to grow.  Along with our funding programs, we offer professional development workshops, a consultant program, an on-line artist database, and meet with artist daily to provide support, advice, brainstorming and connections to area resources.  CAP is proud to assist local artists in producing the creative work that so enriches our community.

CAP By The Numbers.

* To date, CAP has helped to distribute more than $3 million in grants and fellowships into the
   hands of local artists, arts organizations, and not-for-profits doing arts programming.
* Since 1999, 24,000 visitors have enjoyed the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. 500 artists have earned
* Since 1996, 40,000 visitors have attended the Ithaca Artists Markets. And 1,600 artists have
   earned over $1,000,000.
* Since 2010, 300 authors and playwrights have presented their work to 5,000 regional visitors at
   the Spring Writes Literary Festival.

Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County
171 E. State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850


Major support for CAP comes from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program.